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Into The Maelstrom
Into The Maelstrom
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4.0 out of 5 stars Roll Up, Roll up., 4 Nov. 2015
This review is from: Into The Maelstrom (Audio CD)
Take some early Sabbath, add some Magical Mystery Tour and a touch of Roy Wood glam, all mixed up with a big top feel and out pops Big Elf.
Its a good analogue sounding cd, although a little compressed.


Welcome To The Wrecking Ball! / Software
Welcome To The Wrecking Ball! / Software
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the 80s, 9 May 2015
The previous classic Dreams hinted briefly where Grace was heading with the track Angel Of Night one of two tracks written for that album by guitarist Scott Zito, an edgy fast paced hard rock tour de force.The producer of Dreams composer and conductor Ron Frangipane along with Zito joined Grace on Welcome To The Wrecking Ball where they basically assembled a kickass rock band. Seven of the ten tracks are written by Zito and three are co-writes with Grace,the title track being one of them. Theres no Ron Frangipane string arrangments on this one,although he is credited with arranging as well as being the producer. My 20 year old self liked it then and i still like it now and you will too if you enjoy stripped back old school hard rock sporting a slightly manic energy.
Three years later Software turns up and when i first heard it i wasn't sure what to make of it.Both Scott Zito and Ron Frangipane were gone and instead she teamed up with the classically trained Austrian and sometime Frank Zappa keyboard player Peter Wolf and yes its dominated by keyboards and simmons drum sounds with the guitars taking a background role,but i think its aged quite well and i like it more now than i did back then.
Two contrasting albums but as usual an excellent value package from B.G.O on two long out of print L.PS.


Dudek / Say No More
Dudek / Say No More
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5.0 out of 5 stars What A Sacrifice, 3 May 2015
This review is from: Dudek / Say No More (Audio CD)
First two of four solo albums recorded for Columbia between 76 and 81. I've been a fan since i picked em all up back in the 80s. Like all great guitarists he's got his own signature sound and licks. Theres a warm atmospheric quality to the music and his vocals, production on the first album from Boz Scaggs with whom he played. He also played with Steve Miller who covered What A Sacrifice on his Book Of Dreams album and as good as that is its not a patch on the original with its atmospheric, soulful, upfront but laidback all at the same time guitar solo. Quality music from yet another overlooked talent.
You might also want to check out his collaboration from 1980 with Mike Finnigan and Jim Kruger in the D.F.K Band,reissued by Wounded Bird.


Krautrock: Original Album Series
Krautrock: Original Album Series
Price: £14.49

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Krautrock? I Think Not., 25 April 2015
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I've always found the term Krautrock somewhat patronising but if it is going to be used then use it in the proper context. Thats German bands whos music is primarily informed by their own industrial and social landscape.Four of these groups take their musical ques from the late sixties early 70s British progressive and hard rock boom and two of them feature British musicians. Asterix having John Lawton as one of two lead singers,[they became Lucifers Friend immediately after this album release] This box would have been better balanced if the Kin ping meh album Virtues And Sins from the German Rock Classics box was transposed with the La Dusseldorf album Viva, and why call that one German Rock Classics?. Anyway if like me you enjoy aquiring all kinds of music,then this and German Rock Classics is an excellent opportunity to get your hands on some individually hard to get hold of bands from the 70s at a very reasonable price.


Flowing Free Forever/ Lonewolf / Peaks, Valleys, Honky Tonks & Alleys
Flowing Free Forever/ Lonewolf / Peaks, Valleys, Honky Tonks & Alleys
Price: £12.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Wandering Minstrel, 19 April 2015
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Didn't know much about Michael Murphey until i picked up Flowing Free Forever a few years back. After which i wondered why i hadn't heard of him sooner. His image is that of a serious country artist but his music, though at times steeped in western mythology is more west coast soft rock with country affectations occaissionaly throwing in some atmospheric slightly off kilter arrangements which explains the cosmic when people refer to his music. Great value package from B.G.O which features the afore mentioned plus Lonewolf and Peaks,Valleys,Honky Tonks and Alleys which is half live half studio. In essence his 6th, 7th and 8th albums from the years 76,78 and 79. His 4th and 5th albums are also available from B.G.O and are equally as good. If you like artists such as Shawn Phillips, Jimmy Spheeris or more mainstream such as the Eagles check him out.


Touchpaper
Touchpaper
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Price: £4.75

4.0 out of 5 stars still in touch, 18 April 2015
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This review is from: Touchpaper (Audio CD)
Claire Hamill was brought to my attention through her association with Wishbone Ash. I bought this on vinyl back in the 80s and personally i think its aged quite well. For me its split into two distinct sides. Side one reflects strongly the more eclectic nature of her musical background conjuring a slightly off kilter and atmospheric musical backdrop, while side two has a much more commercial approach but still sounds ok. Definitely worth a punt and quite cheap at the moment.


Delicious And Refreshing
Delicious And Refreshing
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4.0 out of 5 stars West coast drive, 8 Jan. 2015
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Originally released on Deram in 74 Delicious And Refreshing was the one and only outing from anglo American outfit Coast Road Drive. Definite whiff of What Were Once Vices Doobies with an English slant at the start progressing to a more rootsy Clapton with Delaney and Bonnie vibe.Drummer Steve Chapman and Bassist Charlie Harrison would end up replacing Tim Schmidt and George Grantham respectively in Poco, so that gives you an idea of their pedigree. Well worth checking out.


Earth Harmony
Earth Harmony
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent one off, 8 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Earth Harmony (Audio CD)
Interesting label Prog Temple, putting out some excellent and obscure 70s rock albums that the big hitters namely Repertoire, BGO and Esoteric have missed. I'm always a little warey when labels like this appear because you can never initialy be sure of their validity. The format is similar to labels like Kismet,Axis and aurora.So far i've had two discs from this label and the sound quality is excellent.
Earth Harmony was originaly released on Vertigo in early 72 and why it wasn't successful is one of lifes musical mysterys. Despite being discovered by Kenny Lynch and the album recorded at George Martins Air studios and some TV appearences they failed to take off which was a real shame, the music is highly melodic twin guitared inspired rock ploughing a similar furrow to the titans of that genre Wishbone Ash, I also got Rare Birds Epic Forest and Cochise.And after all that they still manage to put their own spin on things. If you dig that sound then snap this up,you won't be dissapointed.


Nador
Nador
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5.0 out of 5 stars TRES BON, 18 Nov. 2014
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An exciting listen from a French band i knew nothing about.Variations first album from 1969,Nador is a really good slab of proto hard rock. If you like Humble Pies Immediate albums you just might enjoy this. The bonus tracks add to the flavour.
Theres another album in this series called Take It Or Leave It,by which time they had become Les Variations. Recorded in America and produced by Don Nix in 1973,its more fully realised than this one coming across like Under My Wheels Alice Cooper and Silverhead. Another good listen and again with excellent bonus tracks.


Dragon Is Dancing / Ports Of T
Dragon Is Dancing / Ports Of T
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Price: £7.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars long lost songwriters third and fourth albums, 15 Sept. 2014
These third and fourth albums follow a similar musical path to his first two, atmospheric musical creations from the mind of a romantic poet.Admired and renowned by fellow musicians but not as well known to the general public. Prevailing musical fashion caused him to drop off the radar after Ports Of The Heart in 76. He started gigging again in the early 80s and was on the verge of releasing another album in 84 simplely titiled Spheeris when he was tragically knocked off his motorbike and killed after leaving the studio where he had been putting finishing touches to said album.
He sometimes gets compared to Nick Drake probably due to some of the string arrangments and atmospherics that his music cunjures but personally i think he has more in common with that other overlooked master of musical mood Shawn Phillips.
Theres a whole raft of musical alumini adding substance to Jimmies timeless creations and surely its only a matter of time before his star is resurected and like Nick Drake becomes everyones favourite forgotten about musician.


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